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Eyes Wide Open

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I want to see others first and I want to see everyone for who they are and how they want to be seen.

Respecting Student Creativity: Teaching Writing With A Social Justice Lens

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Whether students choose to express themselves in the form of writing prose, poetry or creating a video, the choice belongs to the writer.

Take Writing To A New Level

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So here we are in January! The year is flying by, but don’t fret, it’s not too late to relish new possibilities and embark on a something that’s been nagging you!

3 Seeds for Cultivating Writers

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The three seeds I offer can be done without planning, and promise to inspire the writers in your room. So, no matter how busy we get, we can be sure we are doing great things for the writers in our classrooms!

The Notes App and Notetaking In The Multimedia Writing Workshop

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Fast forward, ten months and today I offer you another powerful tool for today’s multimedia writer.

Digging Into Digital Storytelling

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I found myself thinking about my classroom experiences, wondering how I might be able to help teachers get started and just as I started feeling overwhelmed… I heard these words…

Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

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As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

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Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an… Continue reading

A License to Write: Giving Ownership to the Writer

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I am a writer and a teacher of writing. I have experienced the pivotal role ownership has on my writing and my willingness to write. As teachers of writing, we have the opportunity to give the students in our classrooms the license of ownership over their writing.

Exposing, Sharing, & Connecting: Helping Writers See Why We Write

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When we know the purpose or the why in our work we work intentionally. As teachers, knowing our writers are working with intention allows us to trust the students. With trust, we can step back and allow students to make the decisions about their writing.

Getting to Know Your Writers

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The decisions I make from the classroom library to family connections are intentional and responsive to building a community of writers and learning about the students who make up this community.

SOL Tuesday

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  WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.      … Continue reading

Building Word Superheroes: With Permission and Invented Spelling

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Teaching students to take the risks necessary to be inventive spellers means I have to respect the stage of development of the student. I can’t expect the students to know (or use) something I haven’t taught.  It also means communicating to parents about what it means to use inventive spelling and its role in developing writers and readers.

SOL Tuesday

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For the last two weeks, I have had the privilege of visiting classrooms and talking about kindness. After watching the Kid President video, 20 Things We Should Say More Often the teacher and… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday

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Today, on the 17th anniversary of the tragic day, 9/11 choose kind.    Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a… Continue reading

The Forging of a Writing Community

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No longer scared and timid, our work has forged a community of writers. 

SOL Tuesday

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As you join us on Tuesday year-round for Slice of Life we hope to learn about how being a teacher who writes is making its presence in your days.

This is the Year I’m Going to Integrate Technology

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“Digital tools are in your stance. They’re not a seasoning or a decoration.” Cornelius Minor #TCRWP

Infusing Technology: It’s More Than Apps and Devices

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As I sat down to write my post for the upcoming series, titled: Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop I thought back to when I opened my writing workshop to digital tools.… Continue reading

OLW CHECK-IN: EMBRACE

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Maybe it was Betsy’s post, OLW Check-in: Note that first brought the whispers.  As I read her post and thought about my final week of school I heard the whispers grow louder.  Embrace.